Forest City Furniture Co. – 1889 illustration of exterior

(stacks of lumber in foreground)

Source:  1889-1890 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory, page 14

Forest City Furniture Co., Gilbert Woodruff, president; Ralph Emerson, secretary and treasurer; Wholesale manufacturers of bookcases, office desks, library cases; chamber suites, parlor desks, sideboards, table washstands, table beds, etc.   Railroad Ave. between Seventh and Eight sts,   Source:  1889-1890 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory

Ebaloy, Inc. foundry – Oct. 1945




Source: Rockford Morning Star October 28, 1945

Burson Knitting Co. – 1892

Burson Knitting

Source The Morning Star Dec. 15, 1892

Burson Knitting - 2

Alfred Nelson and patents – 1887

Alfred - 1

Source: U. S. Patent and Trademark Gazeteer for 1887

Alfred - 1.5


Alfred - 2

Source:  Rockford Daily Register Dec. 7, 1887 (above)

Alfred - 3

Source:  Rockford Daily Register January 21, 1887




Ralph Hinchliff house – 1947

Hinchliff - 1

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hinchliff, above,  from Rockford Morning Star June 8, 1947

Hinchliff - 2

Hinchliff - 3

Hinchliff - 4


*Georganne Hinchliff Eggers asked if she had any photographs of mantel, lintel, etc.

**There was a book published about the house restoration. RPL once owned a copy but does not own one any longer; not available via Interlibrary Loan.




Main St., South, 815

J.C. Fitch, S.R., J.E. Gardiner, carpenter, res. S.R.

Source: 1880 City Directory

Emerson, Talcott & Co., Established 1852 Ralph Emerson, Prest. Office S.Main over C.&I. RR

Source: 1888-1889 City Directory

815 South Main Street

Source: Rockford Register Star 3/28/2011

Main St., North, 505

owners: Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Hinchcliff plans: A. Reyner Eastman altered century old home former factory retread plant on site
fire in the Fall of 1945 scarcity of materials created new possibilities much material from Burlington RR station ten tons of stone from Central High School marble table tops from old Post Office photo of house on Indian Terrace guest house listed as 511 N Main same house listed as 510 Indian Terrace.

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 &   Rockford Register Star 6/17/1947 & Rockford Register Star or Rockford Morning  Star 11/9/1951
505 North Main Street

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/6/1952

$300,000 cost of remodeling

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 & Rockford Register  Star 11/9/1951

Elevator imported from England in 1900 marble fireplaces imported from Italy 1880  house picked up and moved next door to make room for 300 car parking lot from 436 North Main. House weighed 300 tons.

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 & Rockford Register Star 3/15/1950

Wrecking permits issued to Parson Wrecking Co. 3rd property at N. Main St. + Mound Ave. Original house built in 1847 by Goodyear Sanford

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 Rockford Register Star 11/9/1951

interiors featured in “88 historic Illinois Residences” by Drury, pub. Illinois State Historical Society (not owned by RPL)
Rockford Register Star 2/27/1949

Indian Mound on Hinchcliff property excavated representatives of Burpee Museum of Natural History and Beloit College present
nothing found that could prove anything

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/6/1952

Carriage House once Goodyear Sandford’s property later Ralph Hinchcliff’s  pp39/40; to be razed. Highrise for elderly planned
Hinchcliff’s 1st wife: Hortense Hinchcliff’s 2nd wife: Mary Louise Ware.  Hinchcliffs now reside in California tunnel once linked main house & carriage house Ralph is the grandson of Ralph Emerson

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 2 & Rockford Morning Star 10/8/1967Sanford-Hinchliff Home

Source: photo of Sanford-Hinchcliff House in Rockfordiana: Historic Houses 2

505 North Main Street
Source: printed out in 2011 photo from 2009?